Assign. Because they are so big but still so little.

Last night, Y had a homework assignment that involved the entire family.

No, it wasn’t the kind of project that required three trips to the store to buy a tri-fold display board and some pipe cleaners and play dough. Thankfully, it didn’t consume many hours of multiple evenings, working around baseball and softball practices. As a matter of fact, this assignment didn’t even take up a single bit of space on the dining room table or add to the clutter in the living room for days on end. Amen and Hallelujah!

It actually was fairly easy, very enjoyable and only took about 30 minutes to complete. That…my friends, is my kind of 6th grade homework!

This blessing of a science teacher assigned the kiddos to watch the 50th year presentation of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” Along with this, was the challenge to:

  • If possible, get someone you love to watch it with you.
  • If possible, see if you can talk your folks into letting you have something delicious while watching, like hot chocolate, popcorn or cookies and milk!
  • Get a cozy spot to watch — the couch, a cozy chair, some pillows on the floor, wherever!


So that is what we did. Of course, Y had softball practice first, (shocking, I know!), so we had to watch a recorded version of it. But as soon as we got home, we jumped into our pjs, crawled into my bed and settled in to watch this classic.

Linus with his blanket and resilient, unwavering faith.

Charlie with his bad luck, bad costume and bagful of rocks.

Lucy with her bully-ish and football pulling ways.

Snoopy, with his grand imagination, his WWI flying ace dreams of defeating the red baron.

And all of the other friends, near and dear to hearts and childhoods.

What a great way to end an evening.

So thankful for this teacher, this beautiful soul, who remembers that these kiddos are 11.

Eleven. 11 years old. They are so big now, but still so little. And they still want to snuggle sometimes, they still want to cuddle sometimes, they still want it to be okay to watch cartoons, tucked in to Mom and Dad’s bed sometimes.

So thankful for this teacher, this beautiful soul, who challenges families to be together, to spend time together, to enjoy the simple things in life together.

Because they are 11. So big now, but still so little.

So thankful for this teacher, this beautiful soul, who assigned this homework project. I will always remember the sound of X’s laughter each and every time Charlie Brown was tossed a rock instead of candy. For some reason, he thought that was the funniest thing ever. Then we watched Lucy come to the pumpkin patch in the early morning hours to find her little brother, Linus, cold and shivering and carries¬†him back home to his bed. X looked at his big sister and asked, “Would you come and carry me home like that?”


Y, snuggled a little closer, scooted down under the covers a little more and smiled her sly sibling smile and said, “I might carry you home, but probably just leave you in the garage.”

Ah…my little Lucy and Linus. I do believe we got an A+ on this homework assignment.

And then there was this great advice that we should all follow: “There are three things that I’ve learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

Engage each day with action words to make good things happen.

Let’s all, Go. Do that.

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